Christopher Columbus Sets Sail

Join Teaching Packs to download this picture in PDF format, access our resource packs and more!

Click on the image to view in full-screen mode.

This is a picture of the scientist Marie Curie, taken in her laboratory. Find out about her work and write a biography of her. This video is a good starting point.


  • What is she looking at?
  • What do you think her job is?
  • When do you think this photo was taken?
  • What do you think the equipment in the laboratory is for?
  • Think of a question that you would like to ask her.
  • Marie Curie worked on X-rays and invented a mobile X-Ray vehicle that was used during World War I. Find out how X-rays work and make an information leaflet about them.
  • Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel prize and the first person to win two. Three other people have won two Nobel prizes; Linus Pauling, John Bardeen and Frederick Sanger. Make a poster with information about these four double Nobel prize winners.
  • Marie Curie was not able to go to Warsaw University because it was only for men. She did not let this stop her though; she and her sister studied at the unofficial “Floating University”, which was set up in secret for people who could not get into the University. Write a report on her education, and how she overcame barriers.

Looking for more images?

Return to the Gallery

Free Preview Packs

Download our FREE Preview Packs!

Join our newsletter and we will send you free samples of our popular Teaching Packs by email!